Halifax County Board of Supervisors decided how they plan to allocate $4,300,660 in CARES Act Funding amongst the county when they met Tuesday with just under $2 million being used for broadband.

This unanimous decision from supervisors came following a recommendation from their finance committee. Members of their finance committee met last week.

A total of $1,228,000 was allocated for broadband and an additional $750,000 was allocated for broadband towers.

Also included in the allocations was $150,000 for personal protection equipment, $36,000 for laptops and $350,000 for touchless upgrades to the Mary Bethune Office, the Halifax County Sheriff’s Office and other departments.

A total of $25,650 was set aside for temperature machines.

County Administrator Scott Simpson told the finance committee at their Sept. 2 meeting that the Department of Labor necessitated taking employee temperatures and that these machines would scan and create a database.

A total of $1,000,000 was allocated for volunteer fire departments and rescue squads.

Foggers also were included at a price tag of $1,000, which is a device that releases fog typically containing an insecticide.

Also included was $76,180 for janitorial services; $80,000 for emergency paid sick leave; $28,130 for cleaning the courts; and $25,000 for unemployment claims. A total of $97,500 was allocated for refuse after Simpson said the county had experienced an increase in refuse.

The Department of Social Services, according to Simpson, have requested and will receive $100,000 to help individuals who have been affected by COVID-19 and are unable to adequately pay utilities.

The tourism department is set to receive $200,000, and $3,200 have been allocated for drop off boxes.

A total of $150,000 is being used for an eSummons system, which Simpson said would be used by law enforcement during traffic stops. He told the finance committee it would cut down on physical interaction and touch points.

The county had until the end of 2020 to decide how to proceed with their CARES Act Funding.

In other action Tuesday, they also approved a conditional use permit for Celico Partnership d/b/a Verizon Wireless to install a 195’ monopole wireless communication tower at the intersection of River Road and Ashton Hall Road.

Virginia and Mack Gentry own the property.

The approval came after a public hearing in which one person spoke, a spokesperson for Verizon.

He said the structure would be 199 feet total with a four-foot base, and that the area is mostly forested.

As part of their project, he said they plan to keep as many trees and natural vegetation around the fence as they can.

He also said it is under the high requirement to need a light.

In answering a question from ED-6 supervisor Stanley Brandon, he said he understood the need for broadband and that Verizon typically is willing to work with counties and other companies to provide a location for broadband.

Supervisors also heard a courthouse update in which Otis Vaughan said there’s roughly six months of construction remaining on the project followed by about 60 to 90 days of final preparations.

Ashley Hodge is the editor for The Gazette-Virginian. Contact her at ahodge@gazettevirginian.com

Ashley Hodge is the editor for The Gazette-Virginian. Contact her at ahodge@gazettevirginian.com